Naples Zoo Welcomes Giraffe Expert To Talk About Saving the Little Known Giraffe

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Dr. Julian Fennessy of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation will share how one of the most recognizable animals on the planet is also one of the least studied. That's especially challenging at a time when we've lost 40% of Africa's giraffes in about a decade.

Giraffe as seen on a recent Naples Zoo safari to Tanzania.

Although one of our worlds most beloved animals, limited research has been done on these iconic creatures.

Naples Zoo is welcoming the dynamic Dr. Julian Fennessy, Executive Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, to share his passion to protect giraffes. Although one of our worlds most beloved animals, limited research has been done on these iconic creatures across Africa. RSVP is required.

Giraffe populations have plummeted by more than 40% in just over a decade - almost half the world's giraffes gone in a few short years. To alter this, GCF and its supporters like Naples Zoo fund efforts across the continent in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Niger, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

As a GCF Conservation Partner, Naples Zoo supports the survival of giraffes through GCF initiatives that work collaboratively with local communities to develop a sustainable future for both people and wildlife. In June, Naples Zoo was part of the first ever World Giraffe Day. Through the Naples Zoo Conservation Fund and the generosity of zoo visitors, over $10,000 was directed to GCF to help giraffes in the wild.

WHEN: Friday, September 19, 2014; Doors Open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:00

WHERE: Naples Zoo's neighbor, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, is hosting the talk in their Eaton Conservation Hall: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, Fla.

COST: Free. RSVP required.

RSVP: 239. 262.5409 ext 135 or timothy(at)napleszoo(dot)org - Tim Morrison, Naples Zoo Donor and Member Relations Manager

About Dr. Fennessy
Julian has conducted numerous conservation expeditions across the continent and holds a PhD in Biological Science from the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Fennessy is also a Conservation Scientist & Trustee of GCF and Co-Chair, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group. Originally from Australia, he now lives in Windhoek, Namibia in southwest Africa.

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